Urgent California: Is Your Job Title Social Worker?

*From the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists www.camft.org*

*IS YOUR JOB TITLE “SOCIAL WORKER”?*

There is a current piece of legislation, AB 252 (Yamada), which prohibits an individual from representing himself or herself as a “Social Worker” and prohibits employers from representing a member of their staff as a “Social Worker” unless that person graduated from a school accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education. However, there are many LMFTs, Registered Interns and Trainees who hold the title of “Social Worker” as they meet the current criteria for the specific position. CAMFT believes this change is unnecessary and could potentially limit marriage and family therapists’ ability to work in public mental health.

To bolster CAMFT’s argument on the detrimental effect this legislation could have on many of our members, we are asking that any licensee, registrant or trainee who currently holds the employment/volunteer job title of “Social Worker,” please contact CAMFT and provide us the following information:

- Job Title - Employer - County of employment

You can send your response to grassroots@camft.org by Friday, May 10, 2013.

We thank you for your help in assuring that this legislation is written in a manner that assures that no jobs are lost, and our members do not lose their ability to work in public health.